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George Mason heads to Philadelphia, to take on La Salle Feb. 5 the Pats would be well advised to try something different: Play defense! The Patriots ranks seventh in the Atlantic 10 in scoring, just half a point from sixth. They have scored 80 or more points twice in conference play, but negated it by yielding more than 100 points in both games. But GM’s defense gives up 76 points per game 11th worst in the A-10 (which has 13 schools).

La Salle averages and gives up both 59 points per contest. Mason is (6-16, 0-9); La Salle is (10-11, 5-4).
The Pats yielded one of those 100 point efforts Feb. 1 at Dayton (13-5, 6-1). Ally Mallot’s 25 points led six Flyers in double figures. Dayton won 103-81.

Mason’s Taylor Brown (Bishop McNamara) led all scorers with 30 points. She also pulled down nine boards. Sandra Ngoie contributed with 21 points and six rebounds. Brittany Jackson added 12 points.

GW rolls

Danni Jackson tallied 22 points and 11 assists to lead the George Washington to an 83-68 win over Atlantic 10 rival Rhode Island on Saturday at the Charles E. Smith Center.

GW improved to 15-7 overall and 6-3 in A-10 play. The Colonial’s 15 wins surpass last season’s total, when they finished 14-16, and are the most since 2008-09.

Jonquel Jones recorded 17 points and added three blocks, while Megan Nipe added 16 points and three assists off the bench. Hannah Schaible gave the Colonials four players in double figures with 10 points and game-high four steals, while Brooke Wilson pulled down a season-high 12 rebounds to go with eight points.

Jones was named the Atlantic 10 Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week Feb. 3.

She averaged 18.5 points 11 rebounds and three blocks per game in a pair of wins. She shot 57.1 percent from the floor and made two-of-three three-point attempts. Jones posted a double-double of 20 points and 17 rebounds – her sixth double-double in 10 games and her fourth 20-point effort – in GW’s 89-76 win at UMass. She then had 17 points, five rebounds and three blocks in GW’s 83-68 victory over Rhode Island.



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